Babylon 5 S4E16 Script

Exercise of Vital Powers (1997)

This is Commander Susan Ivanova bringing you the Voice of the Resistance.

The liberation fleet continues to retake territory held in violation of the Earth Alliance constitution.

More ships on the other side continue to defect carrying stories of atrocities carried out under the direct orders of President Clark.

In addition to the liberation of Proxima III the colony at Beta Durani and the Midirange Military Base have also been freed.

The long march toward Earth continues.

(Garibaldi) Personal log, Michael Garibaldi.

It's started, they're really doing it.

This is what I was afraid would happen.

But it's been coming for a long time.

Ever since Sheridan got back.

Before he went to Z'ha'dum he never would have gone up against his own our own government like this.

I don't know, maybe he thinks he's Alexander the Great.

And maybe he thinks he's John the Baptist.

And maybe he wants to take over the whole operation for himself.

That's the part that worries me.

That's the part that made me come back here. Mars.

I can't believe I'm back on Mars.

Three times before, this place almost killed me.

I swore I'd never give it another chance to finish the job. Humans got no business being here.

No business at all.

(Wade) It's almost time.

You have to put this on now.

I think you've been watching too many spy vids.

You wanna see the big guy you got to play

'by the big guy's rules.'

I'm really sorry if this troubles you, Mr. Garibaldi.

You're the type of guy who doesn't like to give up control.

I can see that.

And I sympathize, I really do.

But it's either this..

...or I put you on the next transport out.

I'm gonna look stupid.

You know, at certain times of our lives we all look stupid but I think the key is not to mind it.

Now, Mr. Edgars has gone through a lot of trouble to clear you through this blockade.

The average guy would be very grateful.

Wouldn't wanna cause Mr. Edgars any more trouble.

I'm not your average guy. No, you're not.

That's a very good point.

I'm not, either.

'Mr. Edgars doesn't like average guys.'

He likes his people smart.

Well spoken, presentable.

I ever tell you I have a Masters in Literature?

Well, don't take this personally but you don't seem the type. illusion, Mr. Garibaldi.

Concepts of language, light metaphor, nothing is real.

Except this blindfold.

Which you will put on now.

Otherwise we turn around.

[intense music]

Won't some people think it's weird to see me walk out like this?

'No. Mr. Edgars has his own private dock.'

Did you know this place was named after the God of war?

'Its rising foretold the death of kings.'

Collapse of empires, it was a bad sign.

Now there are two million people living here.

It's still a bad sign.

(Garibaldi) Mars..

Can't believe I'm back on Mars.

I've got to be out of my mind.

[theme music]

(Lennier) It was the year of fire.

(Zack) The year of destruction.

(G'Kar) The year we took back what was ours.

(Lyta) It was the year of rebirth.

(Vir) The year of great sadness.

(Marcus) The year of pain.

(Delenn) And the year of joy.

(Londo) It was a new age.

(Franklin) It was the end of history.

(Ivanova) It was the year everything changed.

(Garibaldi) The year is 2261.

The place..

(Sheridan) Babylon 5.

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[intense music]

[automated voice] 'Warning, respiration decreasing.'

'Heartbeat irregular.'

'Cerebral activity approaching critical.'

'Cardial failure predicted in 30 seconds.'

'20 seconds.'

'Patient life signs stabilizing.'

'Returning to nominal.'

Any luck, doc?

Zip.

Shadow implants have defense systems on top of defense systems.

[sighs]

You know..

...I tried going in surgically from unaffected parts of the brain.

I tried freezing it off, I can't even move one of the epidermal implants aside without it trying to kill the patient.

Well, we know they wanted to use the telepaths for their ships.

Guess once they got you they don't wanna let you go, huh?

I can't even bring in the heavy scanners.

Everything has to be isolated off the primary computer systems because when they wake up, they bond instantly to any computer system nearby. hostile!

I can't take the risk, not after what happened last time.

And the captain, the captain he just keeps bugging me about this every time he calls.

Did he tell you why? No.

No, he does not tell me why and that just makes it even more frustrating.

I mean, these implants are beyond anything I've ever encountered before.

And after a while, you know, that really starts to annoy me.

[sighs] I should be able to figure this out.

It gets away from me every time.

Ah, well, you'll work it out. You always do.

Yeah. I just wish I knew why the captain was in such a hurry about this all of a sudden.

[door opens]

Yeah, I'll be right back.

Zack.

Ivanova said you were looking for me.

Oh, Lyta, yeah.

We got a guy in Med Lab 4 who was mugged in down below.

Now, we think we got the perp but the victim's pretty shook up doesn't remember much of what happened.

We need confirmation that this is the guy who did it.

I can't scan a suspect in a criminal investigation.

Zack, you know that. It's-it's a violation of due process.

(Zack) 'Relax.'

'It's the victim who wants to be scanned.'

Now, you'll go into his head, look around see if you can help him remember anything.

If you can pull a visual ID on the guy we'll have you do a lineup, then we'll take it from there.

Standard commission plus 10% stress fee if I have to relive the attack.

Done, just let me tell him we're coming.

[instrumental music]

[heartbeat pounding]

[Shadow shrieking]

50 cc's until she's stable and then I'll come by and I'll..

[clattering]

[intense music]

Lyta.

[instrumental music]


Hello, Lise. Michael.

You shouldn't have come, not now.

Why?

A man's got a right to meet his employer face to face.

This isn't a good time.

Ah, well, at least we're consistent.

There never has been a good time for us, has there?

(Lise) 'It's just..'

...things are very busy, right now.

William has a lot-- It's alright, Lise.

(William) 'Our guest has come a long way on a hard road.'

I hope the trip wasn't too difficult.

I've had worse. Yeah, I'm sure you have.

Beatrice was looking for you. Oh.

She had some questions about dinner.

Do you think you could, uh-- Yes, of course.

Michael.

I, uh, apologize for the smallness of the house.

As you know, space is at a premium on Mars.

And since this is where we have our corporate headquarters I have to spend at least six months a year here or lose half my tax benefits.

Would you, um.. Uh, thank you, no, I don't.

No, you-you don't drink anymore, I know.

I make it a point to know all I can about my employees.

'There's, um, juice, mineral water.'

No, thank you. Mmm.

Next time, you'll have to come see us back on Earth.

500 acres of watershed land.

The more I'm in the dome, the more I miss it.

As I said..

...long way on a hard road.

I said I'd ask you to come when the time was right.

You insisted on seeing me now.

Why?

Because I got tired of not seeing the face of the man that I work for.

'And I wanna know what the hell it is I've been helping you' smuggle past B5 customs.

And because somebody's got to stop Sheridan's war against Earth.

I'm just a businessman, Mr. Garibaldi.

'Don't play me for stupid.'

Edgars pharmaceuticals is the fourth largest megacorp back home.

Your chemical weapons division is one of the major suppliers

'to Earthforce, and you've got at least two dozen lobbyists' working Earthdome.

And you practically bought Senator Claxby's re-election.

Yes, well, that was before President Clark's night of the long knives last year.

It doesn't matter, you got people who owe you big time people in high places.

And what exactly do you think I can do for you?

I don't trust Clark. Yes, well, who does?

Many of us believed he was behind President Santiago's assassination long before your people leaked anything.

(William) 'He's out of control.'

'He's running scared.'

He needs to be stopped..

...but not by a military action.

We have to work from inside the system.

That's just what I'm saying.

Unless Sheridan's stopped, he'll tear Earth apart.

Now, if you ask me..

...I think he wants to take over himself.

I can't let him do that.

But I won't turn him over to Clark, either.

He'd be dead in a second.

Someone like you, in-in your position you could intervene on his behalf get him the proper treatment.

Not to sound totally self-involved but what's in it for me?

If I give him protection I see plenty of risk, but no profit.

(Garibaldi) 'You get to be the hero.'

It's good for business, good for Earth and the next guy in office is gonna owe you big time.

I mean, who knows, you could be the next guy in office.

It's an intriguing proposition, Michael.

Let me think about it.

You are half way to the truth.

I have to decide whether or not to bring you the rest of the way.

But just so you understand I won't do anything until I know I can trust you.

'And I suspect you won't do anything'

'until you know you can trust me.'

This is gonna be a very interesting weekend Mr. Garibaldi.

This is where you'll bunk for now.

Oh, no, come on, I couldn't possibly.

It's just much too big.

Well, I could change that if, uh..

No, no, no, that's alright.

Please, don't inconvenience yourself on my behalf.

Alright, when do I get to see Edgars again?

When he sends for you. Which is when?

Which is five minutes after he sends for me to send for you.

Goodnight, Mr. Garibaldi.

Try not to touch anything.

"Try not to touch anything."

There, touch that.

Touching. See? Touching. I'm touching. I'm touching.

Touch, touch, touch. Touch.

[sighs]

[sighs] Oh, man.

[exhales]

Lyta, wait up. I can't, I'm late.

No, this is, this will just take a minute.

Look, I am sorry I messed up your experiment whatever you were doing back there, I don't know--

Is that why you ran off like that?

Yeah. No, no, no.

You didn't mess anything up.

You got a reaction out of one of my patients.

For those few seconds he was conscious and responding without being a danger to himself or to others.

I'd like to know how you did it.

I was just looking at him, and..

...I heard a sound in my head.

What kind of sound?

Well, it's..

...I don't even know if you're gonna believe me.

It sounded like the scream a Shadow vessel makes when it goes by.

When I heard it, I just reacted instinctively.

I-I made it go away.

That's when he woke up.

Interesting.

Look, can you come back after this other job?

I'd like to run some tests. No, I'm, I--

Lyta, please, look, now, they're your own people.

Alright, they're telepaths.

Now, I know you have problems with the corps but...you should at least try and help them.

Alright. I'll see what I can do.

[dramatic music]

[gasps]

Hey! Hey! What the hell?

Come on! What the hell's going on?

Let me go! Let me go.

Hey! Hey!

[doorknob clanking]

(William) 'Don't be concerned, Mr. Garibaldi.'

'Everything's fine.'

'You're in no imminent danger.'

Yeah, thanks for the reassurance.

[heavy breathing] So, who is she?

What's she doin' here?

(William) 'She is a telepath, Mr. Garibaldi.'

'She knows nothing of our situation here'

'or our discussion.'

'I have hired her for a surface scan only.'

'She will not probe deeply'

'will not know the context of our discussion.'

'She will only tell me'

'if you are telling me the truth when you answer.'

'Do you understand?'

Oh, yeah, I understand. So why the muscle?

(William) 'So you'd have no time to prepare mentally.'

'I want your heart rate fast, your thoughts jumbled'

'to guard against any blocks or attempts to mislead us.'

'Now, for starters.'

'I want you to tell me what you think about telepaths.'

Telepaths?

Well, I, uh..

(William) 'Feel free to be honest, Mr. Garibaldi.'

'Her job is to report'

'not to be offended by your opinions.'

'Go on.'

I don't trust them. Never have, never will.

(William) 'Why?'

I don't like the idea of somebody having the power

'to get inside my head.'

(William) 'There are safeguards, you know.'

They're not worth a damn to anybody.

They'll never trust us.

We'll always be jealous of them, afraid of them.

They could lie to us, and we'd never know but if we lie to them, they know.

'How do you stop a conspiracy' when you have no evidence, no record.

It all takes place in thoughts exchanged from one telepath to another..

'...to another.'

Sooner or later, this is gonna get ugly.

I just hope I'm not alive to see it happen.

(William) 'Then you believe they're a menace to society?'

They're the biggest one we've got.

(William) 'When you told me you wanted to help me locate'

'and, uh, secure someone'

'were you telling the truth?'

Yes.

(William) 'And you have a guaranteed'

'means of doing this?'

I do.

(William) 'You said you wanted to know'

'the real reason behind your employment.'

'I've already given you a reason'

'to keep the pharmaceuticals now under development'

'by my company safe from competitors.'

'Why isn't that a good enough reason?'

Because if somebody in your position wants to protect something you pay off the big boys and they give you a whole damn ship to yourself.

You only hire a guy like me if you've got something to hide.

It's not your competitors you're worried about..

...it's your neck if you get caught.

'So you assume I'm lying?' Everybody lies.

(William) 'That's a very sad view of the universe, Mr. Garibaldi.'

Yeah, well, it's the only one I got.

And it works for me.

(William) 'I understand you disappeared from Babylon 5'

'for some time this past January.'

'Do you know what happened to you?'

Tsk, no. I don't remember anything.

(William) 'Thank you, Mr. Garibaldi. You may go now.'

[doorknob clanking]

'Uh, one more thing.'

'Are you still in love with my wife?'

What?

(William) 'It's a very straight-forward'

'question, Mr. Garibaldi.'

'Are you still in love with my wife?'

No.

No, I'm not.

(William) 'Thank you.'

'You may return to your room now.'

[instrumental music]

(William) 'Thank you, Ms. Constance.'

'Mr. Wade will attend to your payment.'

You should be in bed.

I couldn't sleep.

Did it go alright?

Fine, fine.

Did he, uh, say anything about me?

No, it never came up.

I think he's put it all behind him.

Good.

That's good.

As long as you're comfortable with him.

I think he'd be a fine addition.

Don't worry.

Everything's gonna be just fine.

[instrumental music]

Alright, almost ready, just one more.

What do you want me to do?

(Franklin) 'Well, do whatever you did the first time'

'just do it more slowly.'

'I wanna be able to monitor any changes in his brain waves' caused by direct contact with your thoughts.

With any luck, this will help me find a way to stimulate those same brain waves artificially.

Build a kind of a feedback loop.

If it works..

...at least we'll be able to communicate with him.

What about the implants?

Getting those out will take longer.

But if we can work around the implants

'talk to them without them turning violent' or uncontrollable, that'll be a start.

Alright. I think I'm ready.

Computer, begin recording.

[automated voice] 'Recording active.'

Alright, now, remember, take it slow.

I need to see what you do at every stage, alright?

[monitor beeping]

[heartbeat pounding]

(Franklin) 'Alright, I'm getting a 10% increase' in brain wave activity.

[heartbeat pounding]

Alright, 15% increase in respiration and heartbeat..

Ea-ease up a little, alright? Take him up slow.

(Franklin) Interesting.

Every time you push telepathically it slows down the production of Acetylcholine.

The implants may be stimulating the production of brain accelerants making it work faster.

'Which is necessary if you've been turned'

'into the central processing center of a Shadow vessel.'

'But without control or direction' the brain functions become erratic or distorted.

They start casting about, looking for something to do.

And when it doesn't find it, it, it starts tearing itself apart and anything nearby.

[Shadow shrieking]

[monitor beeping]

[whirring]

Give me another 10 percen-- Oh! Aah!

It's alright. You're safe. No one's gonna hurt you.

The machines...are gone?

Yeah...yes, the machines..

...the Shadow vessels are gone. They're not gonna h-hurt you.

Then...what am I?

Uh!

Why am I..

Oh!

I can't live like this.

[instrumental music]

I can't..

...let you do that.

(Lyta) I'm sorry.

Go to sleep now.

[intense music]

(William) 'Ah, Mr. Garibaldi, good morning.'

Good morning.

Would you like some orange juice?

'Costs a fortune to have it shipped up'

'but, uh, people in my position'

'are expected to have a few eccentricities.'

When I was a kid, I spent my summers with my uncle on a farm in Valencia, California.

We always had fresh orange juice every morning on the table.

Those were good years.

Simpler.

A lot simpler.

Ah.

Look, I, uh, I went through your test.

I assume I passed, or we wouldn't be standing here.

I did my part, now do yours.

What's this all about?

Do you know how the ancient Greeks defined happiness?

Not off hand, but I'd be willing to bet it involved three goats and a jug of wine.

Happiness, they said was "The exercise of vital powers along lines of excellence, in a life affording them scope."

Humans have always struggled to find the outer edge of what's possible and that's our strength.

But what kind of world would we have what-what options for happiness would we have

'in a society run by telepaths where ordinary humans' are considered second-class citizens and privacy is something you don't even risk dreaming about?

Would you like to live in that kind of world, Mr. Garibaldi?

No. No, I wouldn't.

But you know it's coming, don't you?

There are a few Psi Cops out there who think they should be running the whole show but they don't have anywhere near the kind of power to pull off anything like this.

Not yet, but that's changing.

Come on, look, uh, even if they tried something they'd be outnumbered 10,000 to 1.

You're thinking in old terms, the force of arms.

But times have changed.

We're talking a war of information.

A war of secrets. A war of intimidation.

Once they take off those badges can you tell a telepath from a normal?

They don't have to be everywhere

'to make people believe, they might be living next door.'

You want your secrets exposed your most private thoughts broadcast for the world to hear?

No, but it can't--

How many people actually belonged to the Nazi Party?

The Communist party? The Jihad party?

A very small number.

But there were always plenty of other people who were happy to do the work for them.

And others afraid enough to let it happen.

In order for them to take power, they'd need an army.

Huh, you're still laboring under the notion that people take power. Nobody takes power.

They're given power by the rest of us.

Because we're stupid or afraid or both.

The Germans in 1939. The Russians in 1917 and 2013.

The Iraqis in 2025. The French in 2112.

They handed over power to people they thought could settle scores.

Get the trains running on time.

'Restore their prestige.'

They did it because it was wanted.

Afterwards, like children who have eaten too much candy after dinner, they denied it was their fault.

No, it was them. Ha ha.

'It's always them.'

Today President Clark has the power and we gave it to him.

Because we're afraid of the aliens and afraid of ourselves.

And now he's giving it to the telepaths.

Clark wants complete and total loyalty.

When he was vice president, he instituted loyalty tests.

But you can fool a test.

You can't fool a telepath.

'So he started bringing them into the process.'

President Santiago objected, but he made the mistake of underestimating the opposition.

Clark wanted power.

Oh, I don't have a problem with that.

No one but a fool ever walked away from real power.

But he began taking unacceptable risks.

He eliminated Santiago with outside help.

I don't know the full story.

Only that there were aliens involved and they promised him all the power he could want.

But he wanted an ace or two up his sleeve.

He knew they were interested in the Psi Corps.

And if they were interested, then he was interested.

They were his insurance policy against the aliens and his means for gaining more power.

He created the Nightwatch

'started putting his people into important positions'

'with telepaths alongside for security.'

He gave them unprecedented authority.

And if you think they'll let go of that power once he's gone, you're gravely mistaken.

But what does Captain Sheridan have to do with all this?

If Sheridan tries to force a military showdown Clark will cut the final ties that hold the Psi Corps in check.

He'll turn it into a military and police force answerable only to him.

Thought police. Exactly.

Once that happens..

...they'll never let go.

There are..

...other ways to fix this.

Clark's an amateur.

He still thinks he's in charge.

Isn't he?

Megacorporation's have been running things for years.

We just don't show ourselves much.

People wouldn't understand.

So we let them think they still have a voice.

'We let Clark have his way because we didn't see' this telepath thing coming until it was too late.

Now it's a threat to our business interests and we'll fix it in our own way.

Quietly. Behind the scenes.

We just need a little more time to make this work.

Sheridan's campaign threatens to disrupt our timetable.

He's just making Clark more paranoid by giving him a real enemy.

And the more paranoid he gets the more power he gives to the Psi Corps.

But how do you stop the corps--

Oh, I'm sorry.

I didn't know that you were, uh..

I just came here to tell you that breakfast is ready.

Huh, that's fine, Lise, I'll be right there.

Perhaps you'd care to join us.

Uh, no, thank you.

I've got some thinking to do.

I'm sure you have. Uh, Mr. Edgars?

One minute..

What you just told me, is that the whole truth?

It's as close to the truth as you or anyone else will ever get, Mr. Garibaldi.

But it should be enough for you to decide if you can trust me the way I now trust you.

Once you decide, you're in all the way.

'I'll tell you the rest.'

We're gonna change the world, Mr. Garibaldi.

I hope you'll work with me.

[instrumental music]

How's everything else? So far, so good.

Clark sent over a couple of destroyers this morning trying to weaken our defenses.

What happened?

'They changed sides as soon as they got here.'

We sent them your way, they should catch up with you by the next jump point.

That's five so far today. Huh.

Any more defections and this little war is gonna be really one-sided.

You sound disappointed. I'm not.

I just start to worry when things are going too well.

Any word from Delenn?

She finished her work on Minbar, she's heading back here.

She should be arriving in a couple of days.

Good. Anything else?

Nope, all quiet on the Epsilon front.

Is there anything else you want me to do from this end?

Yeah, transfer me over to Stephen.

I wanna see how he's doing with the telepaths.

[computer beeps]

Not now.

(Ivanova) 'Stephen, it's the captain.'

'Stephen?'

Alright, alright.

Just a sec.

Stephen, I just thought I'd check in see how things were going.

I, uh...think I found a way to neutralize the implants for brief periods of time.

We're setting up a, uh, an amplifier system that will echo Lyta's telepathic commands and..

Look, it's-it's-it's really complicated right now and I'm trying to keep it all in my head, so..

When do you think you can get them up and running?

[sighs] I don't know.

This is important, Stephen.

Why? Why is this so important?

Now if you want me to do this right I need to know what this is all about!

Stephen-- 'I mean it.'

Alright.

I'm encoding this message every three seconds so program your system to keep up.

Are there any other personnel around?

Well, yeah, a few, but, uh..

This is private.

Alright, everybody, uh, take a break.

Uh, get something to eat, uh, grab some sleep just-just go.

Come on, hurry up, everybody, let's go.

Go, go, go.

Alright, go ahead.

Stephen, I've asked some hard things of you in the past this may be the hardest of all.

I don't think you're gonna like it.

But we don't have much choice.

[instrumental music]

Stephen.

Are you alright?

No.

No, I am definitely not alright.

You know, when Sheridan came back from Z'ha'dum everyone talked about how different he was.

Harder.

More determined.

I really didn't see it.

I mean, aside from the..

...from some physiological changes it was Sheridan, same as ever.

The Sheridan I know, he never would have told me what this one just did.

[sighs] Oh. He's right. He's right.

It's the only way. I just wish the hell that he was wrong.

I have a long-term job for you, you available?

Good.

Start packing, we leave in a few days.

As soon as I take care of everything.

Where are we going?

Mars.

[intense music]

[knock on door]

Yeah?

You missed your dinner, I thought I'd bring you some food.

You know, when I look at you two together I just can't figure it out.

I mean, aside from having more money than God and having homes on Mars, Earth, IO, and who knows where else having fresh orange juice delivered all the way from Earth just so he can relive his youth..

...what does he have that I don't have?

Why him instead of me?

Michael. Is it the money?

No!

Do you love him?

Yes.

Yes, I do, he's a good man.

Well, then why did you warn me off when I first got here?

I'm just concerned, that's all.

I don't know all of what's going on.

But I know he's putting himself at risk, reaching too far.

I don't want anything to happen to him.

Or you.

Well..

...at least you're concerned now.

You know, when you got free..

...you could-you could have told me.

Maybe we could've got back some of what we had before.

I never knew what we had, when we were together before I never knew when I'd see you again I'd ever see you again!

'I was the one who always had to carry the relationship.'

I was the one who had to call.

I was the one who had to remind you when Christmas came around that while it doesn't mean anything to you

'it means a whole hell of a lot to me.'

Until I finally woke up and realized that people like you don't marry other people.

You marry the job, 24 hours a day

'and everybody else is just excess baggage.'

I never said that to you. No.

But in three years, you never said you loved me until I said it to you first.

And from where I sit, that means the same damn thing.

[voice breaking] After Franz left, I was a mess..

...and you were 18 light years away.

'I was working as a secretary to make ends meet'

'when I found Bill.'

He was kind, and he was gentle.

And most of all, he was there.

If I had called you..

...would you have left Babylon 5 and come back to Mars?

'Would you?'

I don't know.

That's the problem, Michael.

I'm getting too old for I don't know.

What I do know is that Bill cares for me.

No, Lise. Lise!

Please listen.

Listen, I am sorry.

I am so, so sorry.

[sniffles] I never meant to hurt you.

I loved you.

I don't think I ever really stopped.

I'm sorry, too.

Eat your dinner. It'll get cold.

[instrumental music]

Mr. Edgars.

Shouldn't you be resting? You've had a long day.

I just thought I'd see how things were going.

We're at a critical stage. Can't afford any mistakes.

I wish you wouldn't. It's alright.

It's a terrible thing to die alone, Wade.

'We can afford a little human compassion.'

'He can't infect me.'

How long has he been off the drug?

Five days. Hmm.

Symptoms are occurring faster than before.

[indistinct chatter]

I know. I know it hurts.

Part of the process.

'I can only tell you it'll be over soon.'

I want him put down.

Shouldn't they finish the tests?

We know it works.

There's no need to prolong this.

Put him down, put them all down.

There's enough pain in the universe already.

Let's not add to it until we have to.

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Oh, Mr. Garibaldi. Sorry, I-I, I didn't hear you come in.

I-I didn't mean to bother you, I can come back another--

No, no, no, it's fine.

You're up late.

Yeah, uh..

...I've just been thinking about a lot of things.

And where have your thoughts brought you?

Well, you told me to let you know when I decided when I'm in all the way.

I've decided. I'm in.

Well, I'm very pleased to hear that.

So what's the rest?

Well, you told me you'd tell me the rest of it when I decided.

Saying you've decided isn't the same thing as demonstrating your sincerity.

You showed me a little of that earlier and I returned the favor. Now it's your turn again.

Alright. So how do I prove I'm in all the way?

Give me Sheridan.

'Let me turn him over to President Clark.'

Do that, and I'll tell you the rest.

What's the hurry? I mean..

'We need Clark to think he's secure in his position'

'so we can buy some time to get our pieces into place.'

If we give him Sheridan, he'll drop his guard then we can do what we have to.

I'll turn him over to you.

I won't turn him over to Clark. He'd be killed--

Not before he can be formally charged.

Clark's an amateur, not a fool.

He'll want to go through the motions of a hearing.

We'll move before that happens.

[sighs]

You're asking a lot. I know.

That's why we approached you in the first place.

You know him better than most people and you recognize the threat he represents.

We have to take him out of the picture.

You know it, and I know it. And now it's time.

If you're sincere, then prove it.

If not, we have nothing more to talk about.

You get to Sheridan..

...through his father.

Nobody knows where he is.

Clark's people have been turning Earth upside down and haven't been able to find him.

They can't. But I can.

His father has a rare blood disease.

Requires he takes regular injections of Tenastacine.

'That's a Centauri drug.'

We supply it to a number of hospitals back home.

Very rare. Very expensive.

Which makes it easy to track.

Wherever he goes, he has to keep taking the medicine.

My guess is he didn't have enough time to buy a lot of it before he went into hiding.

Now he probably has a friend handling the prescription but it shouldn't take long to find a bogus entry in the med records.

You get him, you can get Sheridan.

We, uh..

...we still need someone to set him up..

...and bring him down.

I can do that.

'Are you sure?' Yeah.

I'm sure.

I'll head back to Dome 1 tomorrow start setting things up.

You're doing the right thing, Michael.

I hope you understand that.

[instrumental music]

(Garibaldi) Mars..

Three times before, this place almost killed me.

And now..

...I've finally finished the job.

I can't feel anything anymore.

I don't know what I care about anymore.

Except Lise.

I screwed up both our lives pretty good.

Now I get to make up for it.

Assuming any of us can ever make up for anything we've done in the past.

Maybe we can't.

Maybe we just have to live with it and get on with it and do what we have to, never what we want to.

It has to be done.

I hope he can see that someday.

[instrumental music]

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